Brixham is a small fishing town and civil parish in the county of Devon, in the southwest of England. Brixham is at the southern end of the bay called Torbay, across the bay from Torquay, and is a fishing port. Fishing and tourism are its major industries. At the time of the 2001 census it had a population of 17,457.
Brixham was originally a part of Haytor Hundred, an ancient division of Devon. It was an urban district from 1895 until 1968 when the first merger of the towns surrounding Torbay took place. This municipality is known as Torbay and has its own page in WeRelate.
The town is hilly and built around the harbour which remains in use as a dock for fishing trawlers. It has a focal tourist attraction in the replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hind that is permanently moored there.
In summer the Cowtown carnival is held, a reminder of when Brixham was two separate communities with only a marshy lane to connect them. Cowtown or Upper Brixham was the area on top of the hill where the farmers lived, while a mile away in the harbour was Fishtown or Lower Brixham where the seamen lived. In the St Mary's Square area of Cowtown is a church built on the site of a Saxon original. This is on the road leaving Brixham to the south west, in the direction of Kingswear. Lower Brixham was consided an urban district for the year 1894-1895. In 1895 the name of the urban district was changed to Brixham and covered both settlements.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Brixham. There is a long "History" article including sections on Maritime, Military and Industrial History.
The composer of Abide With Me, Rev. Francis Lyte was a vicar of All Saints' Church in Brixham. He wrote the hymn in the town when an elderly man.